Meet the Whale That Can Say 'Hello' and 'Bye Bye'
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Wikie is a 14-year-old whale living in captivity in France.
Wikie is an orca. Orcas are extremely smart, making them dangerous to their prey. Orcas are also called "killer whales."
Their intelligence makes them easy for humans to train. Many captive orcas perform tricks for audiences at marine parks. And, as it turns out, orcas can even be trained to "speak" using human language.
An group of international researchers said this week they taught Wikie to repeat human words.
They taught her to mimic words like "hello," "bye bye" and the name "Amy." She also repeated numbers as well as sounds made by the researchers.
Wikie was a quick learner; she was able to mimic a word or sound after just 10 tries.
(You can listen to Wikie's sounds here:)
The news made Wikie a trending topic on social media.
In the wild, orcas live in groups of whales called pods. Each pod uses different sounds and calls to communicate with each other.
Scientists already knew that orcas were able to learn new whale "dialects." One orca even learned to communicate with a dolphin while living with it in captivity.
Although Wikie is able to mimic human words and sounds, that does not mean she can understand them.
Josep Call is a professor of evolutionary origins of mind at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is the co-author of the study. He told The Guardian this week that there is no evidence that Wikie understands what ‘hello' stands for.
But the orca's ability is, in Call's words, "impressive -- even though the morphology of orcas is so different, they can still produce a sound that comes close to what another species, in this case us, can produce."
The study was published in the journal Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
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1.marine park 海洋公园
No person shall establish or have under his control any fish culture in a marine park or marine reserve.
2.close to 接近
I was close to tears with frustration, but I held back.
3.social media 社交媒体
We have all witnessed the power of social media.
4.stands for 代表；象征
The party is trying to give the impression that it alone stands for democracy.
5.He told The Guardian this week that there is no evidence that Wikie understands what ‘hello' stands for.
there is no evidence 没有证据...
There is no evidence for such a historical personage.
There is no evidence whatever that competition in broadcasting has ever reduced costs
6.They can still produce a sound that comes close to what another species, in this case us, can produce."
in this case 在这种情况下
We can make an exception in this case.
I don't give interviews as a general rule, but in this case I will make an exception.
薇姬是一头虎鲸 。虎鲸非常聪明，这对于它们的猎物来说十分危险 。虎鲸也被称为“杀人鲸” 。
虎鲸智力高超，训练难度小 。许多被圈养的虎鲸在海洋公园为观众表演魔术 。而且，事实证明，虎鲸甚至还可以接受训练，用人类的语言“说话” 。
他们教她模仿“你好”、“再见”和人名“艾米”的发音 。她甚至还重复了研究人员发出的声音和数字 。
薇姬学的很快 。只需尝试10次她就能模仿一个单词或声音 。
在野外，虎鲸通常以“群居”的方式生活 。每个群体会使用不同的声音和叫声进行交流 。
科学家们了解到，虎鲸能够学习其他鲸鱼的“方言” 。一头虎鲸甚至在圈养期间学会了与海豚交流 。
约瑟（Josep Call）是苏格兰圣安德鲁斯大学进化起源学科的教授 。他是这项研究的合著者 。本周，他对《卫报》表示，没有证据表明薇姬能够理解“你好”的含义 。